Meghalaya & A Social Audit Law

What Social Audit is? Social audits stood for — speaking truth to power.  Social audits can be developed as an ongoing process through which citizens participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the programme. Social audit is much more than just a tool of “good governance”. Meghalaya & Social Read More …

What’s in an election?

A democratic society: A democratic society is defined by its elections. The principle of one person, one vote (with some conditions) is seen as a defining principle of democracy. This principle has become so dominant that it has successfully reduced the idea of democracy to a ritual of casting votes. As Read More …

Fifteenth Finance Commission constitutes an Advisory Council

The Fifteenth Finance Commission has constituted an Advisory Council to advise and assist the Commission. The role and functions of the Advisory Council will be: To advise the Commission on any issue or subject related to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Commission, which may be of relevance; To Read More …

Commission approves modern animal-free testing for drugs

Context: In a step that would spare animals from suffering due to drug experiments, the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission has approved modern, animal-free tests for drug manufacturers. Other details: In the 2018 edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia, that provides guidelines on tests for drugs manufactured and marketed in India, the IPC has Read More …

New Telecom Policy for Public Consultation

Context: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) floated the draft of the The National Communications Policy for public consultation which has outlined goals such as providing broadband for all, creating 4 million additional jobs in the digital communications sector, apart from enhancing the contribution of the digital communications sector to 8% Read More …

DoT releases draft National Telecom Policy

Context: The draft of National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2018 aka National Digital Communications Policy 2018 has been uploaded for public consultations on the Department of Telecom’s (DoT) website. Key Strategies: One of the key strategies in the draft talks of recognising spectrum as a key natural resource for public benefit Read More …

How the current impeachment law for removal of judges was shaped

Last week, 64 Rajya Sabha members signed a notice of motion for the removal of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu refused to admit the impeachment motion on Monday. The question that is now being debated is whether the Chairman enjoys discretion in accepting or rejecting a Read More …